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Apprenticeships impact further education

20 January 2015 Candidate Blogs

It’s official – apprenticeships are on the rise. The number of young people applying for apprenticeship schemes is at a record high in the UK, according to recently released figures from the National Apprenticeship Service.

Apprenticeships provide an alternative route to employment and career development through paid on-the-job training. With unemployment amongst 16-17 and 18-24 year olds at 36.4% and 18.6% respectively – coupled with rising university fees, it’s hardly surprising that this route has become increasingly popular. 

You can’t ignore an increase of 32% in online apprenticeship applications year-on-year. The  government continue to invest heavily to ensure that employers - especially small to medium sized businesses - are encouraged and incentivised to provide apprenticeships with the aim of helping to get NEET young people into employment.

On your marks for new ‘pre-apprenticeship’ programme

In August 2013 the government will be launching a traineeship (or pre-apprenticeship) programme, initially for 16-19 year olds (and young people with learning disability assessments up to academic age 25) to help prepare young people for apprenticeships and other employment.

With more and more young people choosing the apprenticeship path, and with plans to extend the traineeship programme to be delivered to young people up to the age of 24 in due course, demand for enrolment on the programme is expected to be high.

The new scheme will include three key elements:

  • a work placement with a minimum duration of six weeks
  • educational support to improve English and Maths skills
  • work skills training  with flexible training available dependent on the individual's needs.

With the relatively short implementation period for the traineeship programme, further education colleges set to deliver the programme will need to be prepared for the impact.

Morgan Hunt recruitment agency has been the recruitment partner of choice for much of the further education and employability and skills sector since 2005.

We have an established education division with dedicated teams across the UK that specialise in the recruitment of qualified functional skills and employability tutors and PSD mentors across the further education and employability and skills sectors.

Get in touch to find out more about how our expert teams are equipped to help clients prepare to deliver the new traineeship programme by email or contact your relevant Morgan Hunt office.

For further information on the traineeship programme visit

For more statistics on the increase in online apprenticeship applications, visit

* Unemployment stats provided by Parliament Youth unemployment statistics, 12 June 2013


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